Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Primus

Green Naugahyde is very much a return to their glory years, which makes it a great introduction for new ears and a satisfying addition to the catalogue for long-time fans.” — NOW magazine, on the band’s latest release 

One lucky blog reader will win tickets to see Primus rock Madison’s Orpheum Theatre with their signature eccentric funk-rock sound on Thursday, October 13.  Will it be you?  Read on to find out how to enter!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Frank Productions and True Endeavors present

An Evening With PRIMUS

Orpheum Theater – 8:30pm – $37 ADV – General Admission – All Ages



Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn’t a moment on any of their records where his bass isn’t the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn’t to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool’s convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, and few guitarists would willingly push the spotlight away, like LaLonde does, just to can produce a never-ending spiral of avant-noise.

All of this means that they are miles away from being another punk-funk combo like the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Claypool may slap and pop his bass, but there is little funk in the rhythm he and Alexander lay down. Instead, they’re a post-punk Rush spiked with the sensibility and humor of Frank Zappa. Primus’ songs are secondary to showcasing their instrumental prowess. Their music is willfully weird and experimental, yet it’s not alienating; the band was able to turn their goofy weirdness into pop stardom. At first, the band was strictly an underground phenomenon, but in the years between their third and fourth albums, their cult grew rapidly. 1991’s Sailing the Seas of Cheese went gold shortly before the release of Pork Soda.

By the time of the album’s 1993 release, Primus had enough devoted fans to make Pork Soda debut in the Top Ten. After touring for a year — including a headlining spot on Lollapalooza 1993 — Claypool revived his Prawn Song record label in 1994 and released a reunion record by Primus’ original lineup under the name Sausage.

In the summer of 1995, Primus released their fifth album, Tales From the Punch Bowl. It was another success, going gold before the end of the year. In the summer of 1996, Primus announced they were parting ways with their drummer, Tim Alexander. He was replaced by Brian “Brain” Mantia, who made his debut on The Brown Album, which was released in the summer of 1997. The covers EP Rhinoplasty followed in 1998, and a year later, Primus returned with Antipop. Antipop was a departure from previous Primus albums, as different producers were used on almost each track (including such notables as Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Tom Waits, South Park creator Matt Stone, and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland) and it featured such guest artists as Metallica’s James Hetfield and former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin.

After a supporting tour wrapped up in 2000, Mantia left the band to join Guns N’ Roses. Claypool talked about reuniting with former drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander in the press, but shortly afterward announced that Primus was going on indefinite hiatus. During the ensuing break, Claypool focused on recording the debut album by his side project, Oyster Head (who also included Copeland and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio), as well as releasing his two-part solo outing, Live Frogs: Set 1 and Set 2. Primus reunited in 2003 with a lineup containing Herb Alexander to release an EP’s worth of new material as a part of the Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People DVD set.

The band focused on touring until 2010 when Alexander once again left the band. Claypool and LaLonde turned to former drummer Jay Lane, and the band went back into the studio to work on a new full-length. In 2011, Primus released their seventh album, Green Naugahyde.


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS:  Primus has created more than their fair share of oddball song and album titles over the years.  We want to know if you can think of any that top them.  Post the strangest titles you can think of (by any band) in the comments section below by 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday, October 12, 2011).  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!


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7 Responses

  1. Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms – Venetian Snares

    Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch – Frank Zappa

    Front Row for the Donkey Show – Faster Pussycat’s

    When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king
    What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight
    And he’ll win the whole thing ‘fore he enters the ring
    There’s no body to batter when your mind is your might
    So when you go solo, you hold your own hand
    And remember that depth is the greatest of heights
    And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land
    And if you fall it won’t matter, cause you’ll know that you’re right
    – Fiona Apple

  2. Two of my favorites by Mr. Bungle – “My Ass is on Fire” and “Squeeze Me Macaroni”. Listen to those songs…similar to Primus in their unique craziness. “Bonnie the Cat” by Porcupine Tree – seems like a Primus type of title, but a MUCH different song. Or, Oceanzise’s “Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs”, a fantastic song.

  3. Two bands immediately popped into my head. Milwaukee Wisconsin natives The Frogs. Some of the more “PG-13” rated ones are,

    “Grandma’s Sitting on the Corner with a Penis in Her Hand Going ‘No, No, No, No, No'”

    “Which One of You Gave My Daughter the Dope?”

    “I’m Sad the Goat Just Died Today”

    and a band called The Locust out of San Diego who have songs titles like,

    “The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like to See You in His Office”

    “Twenty-Three Lubed Up Schizophrenics with Delusions of Grandeur”

    “Earwax Halo Manufactured for the Champion in All of Us”

    “Gluing Carpet to Your Genitals Does Not Make You a Cantaloupe”

  4. Sufjan Stevens off the great album “Illinois”

    “”The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, ‘I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our La”

    “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!”

    big fan of “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” by The Beatles as well.

  5. Hot sauce in the dick hole. By Invisible Scratch Pickles.

  6. One of my favorite bands of all time! N.I.L.8 – straight out of central Illinois, rock with a straight edge, hardcore, comedic styling that had to seen live to truly appreciate. Here are some of my favorite titles:

    “The Insanity Of Drayton Sawyer And His Hallucination Of Love Brought On By The Texas Chainsaw… ”
    “Old MacDonald’s Straight-Edged Dilemma”
    “Conqueror (Stroke On Boys… There’s A New Island To Pillage)”
    “Gumby Joins The Ranks Of The Cockfighting Hooligans”

  7. Oh man these are so great! Nice responses, everyone! Ryan is the winner for this one—-congrats!

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